Tribute To A Numerical Inorganic Icon: Kenneth Wade
Apr11

Tribute To A Numerical Inorganic Icon: Kenneth Wade

University of Durham chemistry professor Kenneth Wade, famously known for the borane electron-counting rule that bears his name, passed away on March 16 at age 81. Chemists at the University of Nottingham, led by big-haired chemistry professor Martyn Poliakoff, have prepared a lovely video tribute to Professor Wade as part of their Periodic Table of Video series. Chemists use electron-counting rules to determine bonding patterns in...

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Turning A Hollywood Set Into A Laboratory
Oct28

Turning A Hollywood Set Into A Laboratory

Much has been made of the meticulously chosen props that decorate the set of AMC’s “Mad Men.” To bring the 1960s world of Don Draper to life—and to make it believable—set designers have gone above and beyond. The phones and typewriters in the office are vintage, genuine magazines from the era sit on tables, and real expense reports for characters cover the desks. Many of these details are never caught on camera, but the show’s...

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The Facebook of Chemical Elements
Nov13

The Facebook of Chemical Elements

Admit it. You’ve found yourself on more than one occasion scrolling through your list of Facebook friends, wondering, hey, what ever happened to so-and-so? Then, before you know it, you’re looking at your acquaintance’s profile, learning all about what’s been going on in their life over the past several years. Wow, they had a kid! Neat, they studied in Paris. Eww, Ishtar is one of their favorite movies?? It’s like you’re meeting them...

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Musically Gifted & Geeky
Apr24

Musically Gifted & Geeky

Each year around the holidays, we here at Newscripts post a list of potential gifts for all the science geeks out there. We cull our picks from the Internetz as well as from fans who write in. But one gift just came across the Newscripts desk that we thought merited an early mention because we’d never considered scientifically decorated musical instruments before. Behold, the Atom Ukelele! This custom-made string instrument is...

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Periodic Table of QR Codes
Jul15

Periodic Table of QR Codes

I confess: I do not have a smartphone. My smartphonephobia occasionally makes me feel like an oddball, like when I’m waiting for a train or trying to text someone on my dumbphone, but lately I’ve begun to feel like I’m missing out on something. The elemental videophiles at England’s University of Nottingham have just confirmed my fears. Smartphone users have access to a whole world of videos, thanks to little...

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The Elements Go J-Pop
Oct12

The Elements Go J-Pop

As we’ve said before, the Newscripts gang will use just about any excuse to post Tom Lehrer’s “The Elements.” Now, Theo Gray has given us a new one. To accompany the new Japanese edition of his “Elements” iPad app, Gray created a Japanese language version of Lehrer’s elemental tune. As Gray told BoingBoing: “I have a cousin, Thomas Howard Lichtenstein, who has lived in Osaka for the past...

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